MISDEMEANOR MARIJUANA PLEA – THE UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES

MISDEMEANOR MARIJUANA PLEA – THE UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES

Did you know that entering a guilty plea for misdemeanor marijuana possession can result in your driver’s license being suspended?  If you have a Georgia driver’s license and you enter a guilty plea to misdemeanor possession of marijuana, your driver’s license will be suspended for a period of 6 months.  Under current law, the license suspension is automatically enforced upon the report of any guilty plea, regardless of whether the offense was related to driving or not.  Beginning on July 1, 2014, a new law will grant judges flexibility in dealing with license suspensions for non-driving related drug offenses.

Whenever I represent a client charged with misdemeanor marijuana, I always look for methods to avoid entering an actual guilty plea – the use of the “nolo” plea is effective for avoiding a license suspension in misdemeanor marijuana cases, as are pre-trial diversion programs and guilty pleas entered under O.C.G.A. § 16-13-2(a), commonly referred to as conditional discharge.  Before you go to court to represent yourself on a “little weed” charge, think about how much a suspended license would cost you over the course of 6 months…lost wages, taxi expenses, increased car insurance premiums and if you get caught driving with a suspended license, possible jail time, fines, license reinstatement fees and yet another conviction on your driving history.  When you look at the big picture, hiring an attorney to protect your rights in a misdemeanor marijuana case is one of the best investments you can make in your future.

Contact us today to find out more about your rights!

The Law Office of Angela M. Kinley serves clients throughout the North Metro region of Atlanta. We practice in courts throughout Gwinnett County, Dekalb County, Fulton County, Walton County, Barrow County, Jackson County, Rabun County, Hall County and Clarke County, including the cities of Atlanta, Duluth, Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Lilburn, Loganville, Monroe, Braselton, Jefferson, Clayton, Gainesville, Athens, Oakwood, Winder and John’s Creek.

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